Beckenham was first recorded in AD 862 as Biohhahema mearcin. It is thought to be a reference to the Anglo-Saxon landowner, meaning Beohha’s village. By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 the village name had been transformed to Bacheham. Experts say that the name Beohha suggests a person who was stooped or submissive. The name almost certainly does not relate to the river Beck which was probably named after Beckenham, not the other way round.
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